The closure is part of the U.S. 395 northbound widening project and will allow for Granite Construction to erect steel bridge girders. Detours with the appropriate signage will be in place. Regular traffic patterns will resume Saturday at 5 a.m., pending weather changes.
The $31.5 million project for the Nevada Department of Transportation involves widening U.S. 395 northbound from Moana Lane to the Spaghetti Bowl intersection with Interstate 80. The project is expected to be completed this fall.
Reduced speed limits will be enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the duration for the project.
Motorists are advised of the following guidelines:
• This will be an active work zone 24/7, and the speed limit will be reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph.
• Travel lanes are being reduced in width from 12 feet to 11 feet.
• The number of travel lanes could be reduced during off-peak hours and weekends.
• There will not be any emergency lanes or shoulder space in the work zone.
• There will be two accident investigation sites, or pull outs, in the dedicated work zone to where disabled vehicles will be moved and where crash reports will be taken.
• There will be tow trucks available on short notice that have been contracted to move disabled vehicles from the work zone.
• If vehicles involved in a non-injury crash are drivable, they will be moved to an adjacent off-ramp or other safe location where a report will be taken.
• If there is a need to push a disabled vehicle off the freeway with a patrol vehicle, motorist’s should put their vehicle transmission lever into neutral and leave the ignition key on; this will allow the vehicle to be steered. Keep in mind that without the motor running, it will require more muscle or physical energy to input steering and apply brakes.
In an effort to reduce accidents and promote traffic safety, officials are reminding motorists of several traffic tips that will guide them through the work zone safely:
• Expect traffic to be heavy; limit distractions and pay attention at all times.
• Use a turn signal when making a lane change.
• Motorcycles are not allowed to split lanes regardless of how heavy the traffic is.
• Remember that fines are doubled and so are the demerit points on driver’s licenses for violations in construction zones.
• Road construction workers do not have to be present for the doubled penalties to apply.
• Motorists should become familiar with an alternate route around this area in the event of a large accident or other delay.
• In the event of a breakdown, turn on four-way emergency flashers and dial *NHP.
• To report a highway emergency, dial *NHP from any cell phone.